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The head of a child which IIRC was the reason the sensing tech was introduced after a few children lent on window controls whilst leaning out of the opened window leading to choking/crushing of neck and death of said children.
Tragic yes, accident also yes, preventable? Very much a yes with a number of sensible tweaks (force limiters, improved switch designs, inability to use the windows when the cars off and thus unlikely to be unattended, etc)
Kiddy catcher, because as it turns out they were thinking of the children.
Unless drivers are better (and frequently updated anyways) I suspect ARC might vanish beneath the waves. I mean, it wouldn't be the first time discrete graphics from Intel became so discrete they disappeared.
They are however having to lie in the bed they made having promised cards would be available, offer good performance and be a reasonable cost. So far they haven't had the best start to this and instead of a good start, which promises more they've disappointed and made no mention on if a second gen is on the way.
Not bother with the whole elevation/floating thing and instead focus on using maglev as a dragger? Leave the wheels alone and focus on just having the magnets drag the cars along?
Completely random thought and might not work but it feels like an easier problem to solve first.
Yeah.... Car companies have been doing that for years except its monolithic parts that are the same (say, the engine block) but surrounding bits are different. My wife's car for example have have 0.9, 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4 litre examples of the same engine. Then you get bits like turbos, physics kinda limit how much you can bugger around with them with the same part (my cars got a van engine in, the car has one massive turbo, the van more power and 2 smaller turbos... Though the car is significantly more efficient so different floats)
Look at the fuel.. Not the easy to find deuterium but the trickier tritium stuff. There's one place making it on mass (if half a ton a year can be considered mass) and it has a half life around 12 years.
There's a big looming problem that everyone's ignoring and will kibosh all attempts if there's nothing to run the things on.
She managed to stay a glorious figurehead and a humble human being (considering her position). She was the countries daughter, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and it shall be a shame to not see her come Christmas day before carving up the turkey.
I too aren't a staunch royalist (my wife from an ex-colony cried over the news at dinner whilst I just felt a small sadness over the enevitablity of it all) but she was a touchstone for the nation. A constant rock in uncertain times, she will be missed.
Now, let's just hope Charles III doesn't end up like the first of his namesake...
Our offices really big conference rooms do have a nice laminated sheet with instructions in big letters, big images and generally quite fool proof.
Unfortunately, the kit only uses VGA connections and is a huge 200 rear projection screen that's about as focused as a BOFH on the 3rd pint at half past beer o'clock during an emergency release by the marketing team.
When it is focused, it's dimmer than a crayon muncher with colour control app for his desk lamp...
The spider phone works really well though.
Fun to be had with these binned parts where you can buy a lower binned part and then push it to well beyond its intended performance bracket.
Think AMD Phenom processors. I had a dual core black edition, forced the right setting and a very overclockable quad core (cooling permitting).
Chiplets is just another way to package different performance parts together to create a new product and isn't the first time that Intel's cribbed an idea off AMD (though Intel are taking it a step beyond).
Really it's all down to how good the interconnect fabric is in practice.
I thought BMW had been doing this sort of thing for years? Specifically in relation to indicators (turn signals for those who allow the brakelights to do the same... Which is still a horrifying thought if you have a light out). I mean when was the last time you saw one being used correctly on a BMW?
In the WinXP days Hirens boot disk became a must have CD to keep in the desk draw (next to 3 micro USB cables of undetermined functionality, old bluetack, several bulldog clips and that proprietary cable for a device you've long since lost).
Saved a number of PC's from various issues and even viruses over the years, and it's good to see its been updated for modern windows.
Teacher icon, because every day is a school day.
Good for you. I've worked for a company where using an old database became the issue. Nothing wrong (well.... That's debatable) with the rest at the time - it mostly worked. But when it hit a 1GB data limit, things got painful to manage. Even more so when 1GB of transactions occurred within a financial year.
Bandcamp also have a kinda good thing going where they can give artists access to manufacturers for certain formats (namely vinyl) but as I've found out recently the lead times can be huge and come from the states leading to long shipping/customs waits.
On the other hand, a number of small local record labels allow me to buy physical albums off them and collect direct (for example a friend of mine runs his outfit from his girlfriends home and is also an amazon driver to make ends meet, I also let him have any shipped record cardboard) which I also enjoy as it means I get to meet the people involved.
None of them are millionaires (said friend is barely a thousandaire....) but these are the people most likely to suffer from illegal downloads, but allowing potential customers to stream the music before purchase actively encourages custom. As did the bandcamp Fridays over Lockdown where the site gave the indies all of the fees, that garnered alot of goodwill from music junkies like myself and the artists.
One of the space boffins using the JWST for his work last weekend (Bluedot festival - fun times) he was mentioning about it being a rare thing that luck plays a huge role in how long it lasted, but that saving the fuel will help massively since it means they can move it more to cope with damage.
He also mentioned that he half expects it to be demolished by a passing Tesla... Not entirely sure if he was joking.
About pricing things high and then making them difficult to even buy is that everyone starts to just make do with what they've got.
We've also reached a point where unless you've got a very intense workload upgrades aren't the big technical leap they used to be every few years.
We also had an electronics lab. Went to do it at A-level to discover it was a joke. I knew more than the teacher (having made a 7 chip calculator in school) and got bored of the whole thing.
The closest I got to a decent project was a lift control mechanism - 7 sensors provided we needed to use at least 2, maybe 3 and use an EPROM to control it.
I made mine with 5 (would have used all 7 but not enough EPROM inputs to handle them) and able to work on hydraulic, screw and cable lifts with a circuit half the size of the rest of them.
Never did go to uni in the end...
A single or couple of chips does not a graphics card/motherboard make.
There's plenty of other bits in the chain that can delay things - circuit boards, solder I think are still OK but Capacitors I know are an issue as certain high quality but reasonable priced stuff is now rare as rocking horse teeth.
Admittedly I've been buying hifi grade ones (including for crossovers in a pair of headphones... The 70's was a wild time) but pretty sure electrolytics would be made in the same factories.
Even if these fines were paid, they're paultry sums that wouldn't even cover the lawyer fees.
If they're trying to send a message, it's about as effective as a strongly worded letter to the local council. It's not even worth the cost of the stamp, letter and council worker to read and ignore it.
I'd hazard a guess that the holes needed for geothermal are somewhat larger hence the issue. I mean using an oil drill would probably result in something akin to a high pressure hosepipe - somewhat decent for pushing small stuff but not for when you want some real oomph in your violent water.
To do with the crypto crash? (couldn't happen to a nice bunch of
I suppose it could also be down to other parts in the chain - capacitors for example have also been getting scarce, wouldn't surprise if this also applied to other parts like the circuit boards or etch chemicals. It doesn't take much to disrupt such an interconnected market as we've been shown recently.
So long as they're not enforcing a new physical connector then you can plug a PCIe 6 or 7 device into a lower spec mobo and vice-versa. The hardware just has to negotiate as per the highest speeds achievable with both bits of kit and go from there.
If you don't need all the speed, then don't get the latest and greatest. Just wait until price reduction kicks in over time and then invest.
I could see a possibility of crypto miners having a field day with this (faster data rates when splitting the lanes etc) but I couldn't care less for them so.... Yeah.
About the only thing I've seen on NFT's (the concept not the monkeys) would involve selling tickets for events. However it does then leave the database still ticking along once the event is over.
But really, that's about the only use case where it works from what I can see without duping people. It'd mean that the tickets could be traded freely, there's already scarcity since you know... Physics and local laws on event numbers, and since each one is an immutable token comes with a unique identify off the bat.
But then we're already mostly there anyway with modern ticketing scanners connected to a database.... So.... Yeah.
Fools and money.
When you don't just buy a vintage turntable buy amp and speakers too.
I say this as someone with a modern Onkyo hifi that's now in the spare room mostly unused, instead in my study and front room 70's Pioneer amps do the noise making duties. Both were recapped and both sound better than any modern amp I've found that's less than 4 figures.
Also, having a fully automatic turntable (70's Dual affair) is a big smug thing compaired to almost all modern decks.
Still looking for Garrard 401 to own though... One day maybe..
I've (currently) got both an i7 2019 Mac book pro and an M1 2021 mac book pro...
Performance wise I've not noticed much of a difference (once I got our build pipeline to actually work on the M1 without breaking or having to re-write everything - but that's another story) but battery life though, that's been a huge difference.
I7 would have been lucky to get to lunch with more than 50% battery after morning meetings. M1 though made it to 1pm before dipping below 90%.... 90% battery after 4 hours work. And that's without it attempting to take off from my desk or be hot enough to keep a coffee mug warm.
That alone was a big deal to me as it means I can get away not needing to drag the charger in to the office with me.
The FOD issue also applies to lightning ports, barrel plugs etc.
Waterproofing it is quite doable (just ask Sony since their Xperia's have been waterproof from mid tier upwards since they started the range).
The USB C is also an order of magnitude more robust than micro or mini USB ports, so less stuff binned because the port died.
Regarding having all those extra cables thrown out - short memory have we? Don't forget Apples had 3 cables thus far (30 pin with Analogue out firewire+usb, 30 pin no analogue USB 2.0 only out and lightning cable).
A result of vi itself though since that would mean closing that one terminal you can't close to update it...
(yes, I know its perfectly functional when you learn the arcane key combinations to be able edit and close but it irks me having to look up how to close it everytime because I can never which bloody key to press to allow it listen to furious mashing of the 'q' key)
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